Thursday, January 27, 2011

Open-Air in a Hospital Chapel

On today's episode of On the Box, we answered a question from the mailbag regarding the distribution of gospel tracts in hospitals. During that segment I briefly shared about a time when I open-aired in a hospital chapel.

Most hospitals have non-denominational chapels. About 2 1/2 years ago, my friend, Dru, was at an area hospital. The occasion was the birth of his fourth child. While at the hospital, Dru discovered that the hospital provides a live television feed in every hospital room, of the hospital chapel.

Dru and I went to the hospital a few days later, June 27, 2008. The acoustics in the chapel were very good. When I began preaching, we were the only people in the chapel.

About half way through my message, two ladies entered the chapel and sat toward the back. I could tell by the looks on their faces that they weren't expecting to walk into the middle of a sermon. I made sure to reiterate the Law so that the ladies would hear the Gospel in its proper context.

When I finished, I sat down for a few minutes, and Dru and I prayed. I thanked Dru for finding such a wonderfully creative way to reach people with the Law and the Gospel. It was a real blessing to share the moment with him.

I wonder who heard the Law and the Gospel that day. I know the two ladies in the chapel did. But how many more heard from their hospital beds? How many of those who heard will I one day see in heaven? I can't wait to find out!

Here's the audio of my hospital chapel open-air.

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